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My Poets

McLane, Maureen N. (Book - 2012 )
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"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poet's mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, "My Poets" explores a life reading and a life read. McLane invokes in "My Poets" not necessarily the best poets, nor the most important poets (whoever these might be), but those writers who, in possessing her, made her. "I am marking here what most marked me," she writes. Ranging from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Gluck to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth put it in "The Prelude." In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an "erotics of interpretation" this is it. Part "Bildung," part dithyramb, part exegesis, "My Poets" extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," might be.
Authors: McLane, Maureen N.
Title: My poets
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 273 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: 1. Proem In The Form Of A Q&A
2. My Chaucer/Kankedort
3. My Impasses: on Not Being able to Read Poetry
4. My Elizabeth Bishop/(My Gertrude Stein)
5. My Wallace Stevens
6. My William Carlos Williams
7. My Marianne Moore
8. My H.D.
9. My Translated: An Abecedary
10. My Louise Glück
11. My Fanny Howe
12. My Poets I: An Interlude in the Form of a Cento
13. My Emily Dickinson/My Emily Dickinson
14. My Shelley/(My Romantics)
15. My Poets II: An Envoi; in the Form of a Cento
Works Consulted or Remembered and Further Reading
My Acknowledgments.
Summary: "Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poet's mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, "My Poets" explores a life reading and a life read. McLane invokes in "My Poets" not necessarily the best poets, nor the most important poets (whoever these might be), but those writers who, in possessing her, made her. "I am marking here what most marked me," she writes. Ranging from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Gluck to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth put it in "The Prelude." In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an "erotics of interpretation" this is it. Part "Bildung," part dithyramb, part exegesis, "My Poets" extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," might be.
Local Note: 53 118 210
ISBN: 9780374217495
0374217491
Statement of Responsibility: Maureen N. McLane
Subject Headings: McLane, Maureen N. Poetry Influence. Poetry History and criticism.
Genre/Form: Poetry.
Topical Term: Poetry
Poetry
LCCN: 2011041208
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